Thursday, October 29, 2009

Making College Affordable

Mark your calendar for November 2. Cab and Charter are teaming up to offer students and parents a presentation on making college affordable. It all happens at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. For more information, see this flyer!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Principal for a Day

We welcome Mr. Marke Dickinson, Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Brand at AAA Mid-Atlantic, to Cab Calloway. He will be visiting as our "Principal for the Day" this Thursday, October 29. While at Cab, Mr. Dickinson will meet with student government and honor society members from the middle and high schools, visit classes, and meet with teachers.

Jazz Assembly this Thursday

On this Thursday (10/29), our school will have a special guest for an afternoon assembly. Following opening performances by the high school's award-winning JazzChords (Lassman) and the middle school's JazzLab (Cannon), Denis DiBlasio will be performing along with his student led JazzLab from Rowan University. For those who don't know who he is, here's a brief biography about Denis.

After receiving his masters degree from the University of Miami, Denis DiBlasio joined the big band of legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, serving as Maynard's Musical Director for five years. During this time he honed his virtuosity on the baritone saxophone and flute as well as a prodigious scat-vocal technique, and developed formidable composing/arranging skills. His scores have been published by Kendor, William Allen, Kjos, Doug Beach and Hal Leonard, and his several books on jazz improvisation and scat-singing are available through Kendor, Houston and Jamey Aebersold Publications. He is currently Director of the Jazz Department and conducts the Jazz Lab Band at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

As a clinician for the Yamaha Musical Corporation, DiBlasio has taught and performed all over the United States; his "education as entertainment" style has also taken him to Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan. His unique combination of positive motivation and witty sense of humor ensures an atmosphere where "making music is fun" and students are encouraged by his fearless risk-taking attitude that communicates the message: "Mistakes are valid - if you learn something from the attempt." This approach keeps Denis extremely busy, in constant demand and often booked up to a year in advance.

The sheer joy of spontaneity, intensity, and depth of expression all come together in the jazz artistry of Denis Diblasio.

See you at the assembly.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cartoonists Alert!

Ever wanted to become the next Matt Groening or Jeff Smith? Cab students have the chance to learn the art of cartooning with Dr. Susan Cathcart. Dr. Cathcart will hold classes on Monday afternoons in November (November 2-23) from 2:45-4:15pm.

Want more details? Print the permission slip, bring in the materials fee and plan to have fun! The class is limited to eight students--first come, first served. Sign up today!

Cab student wins Poetry Slam

Congratulations to Cab junior Sydney Rubin, who came in 3rd place at the second annual Delaware Literary Connection Poetry Slam at the Deer Park Tavern in Newark, DE this past Saturday, October 17th. She has submitted this poem to the CAB literary magazine, so watch for the magazine if you missed her performance!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Visit the Family Resource Fair


The Red Clay Consolidated School District Consolidated Grant Parent Advisory Council (CGPAC) will host the 3rd annual Red Clay Family Resource Fair on Saturday, November 21st at Conrad Schools of Science from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This free, fun-filled family event is designed for students, their families and the community to enjoy time together and to gather strategies and information that helps students succeed in school. Over65 exhibits will be provided by Red Clay staff, and representatives from local community agencies. The goal of the event is to educate students, parents and the community about the resources available through the district and in the community that support student achievement.

The Family Resource Fair will be held in the gymnasium and will include exhibits, displays, demonstrations, and resources. There will be games, give-a-ways and refreshments, and something fun and informative for everyone. For more information check the Red Clay website <> or contact Chris Miller, Parent Involvement Coordinator at 552-3815 or<> .

Friday, October 16, 2009

Career Day at CCSA--can you help?

Cab's middle school guidance counselor Dale McKenzie is organizing a "Career Day" presentation at school on Tuesday, December 8, and she's issued a call for about 20 Cab parents who would be willing to spend 45 minutes talking with our students about their career. Can you help?

We are looking for 20 parents who would be willing to spend 45 minutes talking with our students about their career.

Date: Tuesday December 8
Arrival 1:00
Presentation 1:30
Depart 2:30

Students will need to know the answers to the following questions….

Visuals are always welcome…

How long have you held your job?
How did you get your job?
How did you become interested in this career?
What kind of education did you need after high school?
What courses would be beneficial to take during high school?
What do you do in a typical day?
What is the most interesting about your job?
Can you describe a challenge you faced on the job and how you solved it?
How hard is it to get a job in your field?
What is the salary range of someone working in your profession?

Please contact Mrs. McKenzie at to confirm your visit and provide your email for further communications.

PTSO finds "Free Money" for Cab Calloway

Here's a message from our active PTSO:

For those of you who did not attend our first PTSO meeting, I wanted to let you know that the budget was approved for this year. With everyone's support, we hope to have a wonderful year. Are you wondering what the PTSO does for your school? With the approved budget, the PTSO will provide funding and support to our parents, teachers and, most importantly, our students for the following:
  • Academic competitions
  • Community Service
  • Copy/Printing
  • Health and Wellness
  • Instructional Support
  • School Support
  • Staff Support
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Technology

In order to pay for all of these programs, we need your support. One very easy way to help reach this goal is by participating in the Acme, Zingo, Target Receipts and Box Tops for Education Programs. Just send in your register receipts and box tops. We will take care of the rest. Many schools make over $5000 per year simply by sending in these receipts. All your child needs to do is drop the items in the box in the office.

Another easy way to earn "FREE MONEY" is through the Matching Gifts program that many employers have. Bank of America, ING, and I am sure many other companies, have programs in place that will match a donation you make to our school. If you make a $50 donation to Cab Calloway apply for the matching gift, your employer will make a $50 donation to Cab Calloway. Please take the time to check with your employer to see if they participate in this wonderful program.

Bank of America employees: Registering for a match online is simple and is the fastest way for Cab Calloway to initiate the processing of your matching grant. Matches can be registered online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at:

ING Direct employees: Obtain the form titled Community Matching Gifts Application. Fill out Part 1 of the form and then send it to me (Betty Dunn, Treasurer) so I can fill out Part 2. I will send it to ING to fill out Part 3.

If you plan to contribute to Cab through a simply donation, please consider applying for the matching gifts program.

Middle School Conferences October 22

Middle School Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 2:50 –6:20 PM. Please contact the team leader to schedule a conference time – 302-651-2700 or:

Vocal Concert features Middle School Performances

The Middle School Vocal Music students will present their first concert of the year on Thursday night (Oct. 22) at 7:00pm in the Cab Calloway Theater. The concert will last an hour (or less) and will feature performances by several classes singing Renaissance pieces. In addition, our 8th grade Vocal Majors and Minors will be wearing Renaissance garb.

It is one of the very few times - maybe the only one - this school year that all the Middle School Vocal Music classes will perform in one concert. You are, of course, welcome to join us. October 22 is the night of parent conferences for the middle school, so plan to stay for the concert!

Monday, October 12, 2009

College Night at the Bob

From Mrs. Rigby, high school counselor:

Don't miss the New Castle County School Counselor Association's College Night on October 20, 2009 at the Bob Carpenter Center. Click the link for a complete list of attending colleges.

This is an extremely worthwhile event and I encourage students in grades9 - 11 to attend!! Attending college fairs is a great way to gather information and talk to representatives from a variety of schools.

Tips on attending a college fair (taken from

With so much information about colleges and universities available through a quick Internet search, today's tech savvy kids sometimes wonder whether there's any good reason to go to a college fair.

Yes, there are plenty. Here's what you can tell them:

If you're just beginning your college search, attending a fair is the most efficient way to scout out a wide variety of schools in a short amount of time. And if you've already narrowed down your list, you'll have the opportunity to really hone in on your top choices. "Unlike what you'll find on websites and in brochures, you can be sure that you'll be getting the most up-to-date and accurate information, coming from someone authorized to speak for the school," says Andrew Sison, chair of the college fair committee of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

But with so many institutions represented at the typical fair-literally hundreds of schools are participating in the October 4 fair at the Nassau Coliseum <> -it can be easy to wander the aisles in a fog and come away with a pile of brochures and a debilitating case of information overload. These tips will help you make the most of the day:

Know before you go.Think in advance about what you hope to accomplish. Perhaps you're uncertain about what kind of school is best for you: A 2-year or 4-year college? Big or small? Close to home or far away? (Investigating a bunch of each will help you figure it out.) Or maybe you're further along in your search and have several options in mind. Either way, find out what schools will be at the fair and make a list, in order of priority, of those you want to visit. But be sure to leave a little time to stop by some random booths that catch your eye. Who knows? You might actually discover a perfect school that isn't even on your radar.Bring a small notepad. Come armed with a list of questions for school representatives. Don't bother with ones that can be easily answered on a website, such as the number of students or the course offerings.Instead, dig deeper with queries like: What makes your school different from other colleges? How would you describe the type of students who do best there? What's the school's teaching philosophy? Also get specifics about programs or activities that especially interest you. Make sure to take notes to refer to later on in case you're overwhelmed by too much information.

Get up-close and personal.If you already know your top schools, try to meet their representatives."Fairs can be hectic, but you sometimes can make a meaningful connection," says Sally F. Rubenstone, senior advisor for College Confidential, an admissions website. Ideally, you should talk to someone on the school staff, rather than a student or an alumni representative.Introduce yourself and ask what you can do to maximize your chances of admission. If you make a good impression, this person may remember you when your application comes in. (A quick aside about putting your best foot forward: Dress nicely! No need for heels and pantyhose or a jacket and tie, but definitely lose the shorts, ripped jeans, and the KISSt-shirt.)

Divide and conquer.Parents should attend the fair along with their kids and take advantage of workshop sessions on financial aid, admissions requirements, and so on. They should also check out schools, but it's a good idea for families to split up. "In addition to letting you cover more ground, you'll minimize a teen's mortification factor, like when Mom corners a representative from Cal Tech to extol her son's kindergarten Lego creations," says Rubenstone.

Follow up. Afterwards, don't just toss those brochures in a corner of your room.Sort through them and review your notes. Re-assess your impressions about various colleges, and then go to for links to help you further investigate the schools that would be best for you.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Halloween Magic Dance!

Middle school students, don't miss the first dance of this year. It's Halloween Magic time, and it's in the Cab gym on Friday, October 23, from 7:00-9:30pm. Halloween costumes are optional, but there will be category judging, so check through your closets and drawers and create a winning look!

Admission is $5 (payable by October 21!) and a non-perishable food item for the food bank. The dance is sponsored by the middle school BPA (Business Professionals of America), and offers a great opportunity to spend time wtih friends and meet new friends.

Non-Cab students may attend, but the Cab student inviting the guest must complete and turn in a guest registration form by October 21. Guest tickets also cost $5.

Want more information? Read all the details, and print a guest registration form. Don't forget to have an adminstrator from the guest's school sign the form!

Celebrate! Dance to the music! See you at the Halloween Magic dance.